My Summer Cookout Go-To Recipe: Guacamole Salad

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Guacamole Salad NewSummer cookouts are upon us, and that means we all need a quick, easy, go-to dish to contribute to the food table.

This one has been my stand-by for years, and it’s guaranteed to be a hit, both for you and the other party-goers. It requires no cooking—just a lot of chopping—and ingredients can be added, subtracted, and substituted at will.

It can also be served in a variety of ways, depending on the situation. Plopped on top of crushed tortilla chips, it becomes a delicious taco salad meal. Or serve it next to the chips as a dip. You could also wrap it in a tortilla, or just dig into it with a fork as is.

It’ll be yummy no matter what, I promise!

Guacamole Salad

slightly adapted from Branny Boils Over
serves 8

2 large tomatoes, diced
2 large avocados, diced
2 yellow, orange, or red bell peppers, diced
2 cups black beans (drained and rinsed if from a can)
4 scallions, thinly sliced
2 tsp minced jalapeño
2 tsp minced garlic
3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
pinch of cayenne pepper (or to taste)

1. Chop all of your ingredients according to the ingredient list. Combine first seven items (through minced garlic) in a large bowl.

2. Whisk together lemon juice, salt, and peppers. Pour over salad.

3. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.

Guacamole Salad 2

Do you have a go-to dish for summer cookouts?